A repository for memory : linking past to present through physical experiences
Author(s)Schueth, Suzanna Helene, 1971-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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This thesis explores the relationship of historic architecture and contemporary interventions by engaging the memory of the past through architectural experiences. It is about exploring a site rich with memories of the past, and physically linking it to the present. By introducing the new program that enhances public use the site is transformed from a defensive fort to a civic space. A new path links the town to the site, a journey that reveals the past and present and adds a 20th century layer to the space. The intent is to revitalize a historic monument and connect it to the town both physically and programmatically in order to give it contemporary significance. Through the contextualization at two scales, the site and the building, both past and present are continuously juxtaposed. This fort is A Repository for Memory that also serves the community as a learning tool about culture and history over time. Sustaining the past by giving it a re-use and continuity for the future became one of the goals of this thesis design project. This thesis presents an architectural design for a library building and auxiliary facilities to act as a new civic focus for the town. An integral part of this work is the design of spaces, uses, and materials which are carefully considered. The design not only intensifies the fort's use but also reflects the principles and attitudes established to address the interaction of old and new forms in the new intervention.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1998.Includes bibliographical references (p. 111-112).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology